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WoD 6.2: Taming the Fel Wolf

So if you’ve spent any time in Tanaan, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of super cool glowy green wolves hanging around.  You’ve also probably noticed that they are classed as Aberrations, not beasts, which means that not only can we not track them, but we also can’t tame them.

…not the normal way, anyway.

You see, way down south there is an Eredar NPC called Fel Rangari Anaara and she drops an item that lets you tame one of those cool glowy wolves.  There is, of course, a catch.  The catch is that she is hunter-only– any other classes that try to kill her (or help you kill her) will be almost instantly destroyed– and you’re going to have to pull almost every skill you’ve got out of your toolbox in order to do her in.

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So how do you do it?  Here’s how.

First, clear the area of as many trash mobs as you possibly can so you don’t aggro them during the encounter.

Next, begin the encounter.  I popped Stampede right away for immediate burst and then proceeded to begin slowly working her down.  There are a couple of important tips and tricks to be aware of during this encounter, namely:

  • KEEP MOVING, because she will throw Bads at you that WILL do serious damage to you if you stand in them.  Having Aspect of the Cheetah on (with the glyph that removes the daze effect) is a big help.
  • Every so often she gains a buff that does serious damage to your pet.  Keep an eye on her active buffs and use Tranquilizing Shot to remove this as soon as possible.
  • She will use Soothe Pet on occasion to knock your pet out of action.  Use Master’s Call or Bestial Wrath (if you are BM) to wake your pet up.  You can kite her a bit with Concussive Shot if these moves are on cooldown.
  • She will cast a heal on herself two or three times during the fight.  Interrupt this with Counter Shot immediately or she heals back up to 100%.  Which is a big pain in the tushie.
  • She goes invisible every so often; use Flare to find her.
  • Be very careful with AOEs like Barrage because it’s very easy to aggro nearby mobs like seagulls and whatnot.  (You can see in the above screenshot that I did just that and had to trap it to get it out of the way.)
  • Keep Mend Pet up constantly

You can also take advantage of garrison followers,  items like Mecha-Blast Rocket, and that one move that calls a bunch of garrison grunts to fight for you.

This encounter will probably take you a couple of tries to get the hang of movement, her abilities, and the rhythm of the fight.  Don’t be afraid to use a flask, use the nearby http://www.wowhead.com/object=241626/sand-encrusted-egg, and pop a food buff.  If you flub up, feign death and try again.

When all is said and done, though, it’s totally worth it:

WoWScrnShot_070515_142610So yeah, pretty neato!

Questions or comments?  Lemme know!

Oh Timewalking… I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

I have this problem and the problem is that I can’t not like timewalking.   I just have this big ol’ smile on my face while doing it.  I did Arcatraz yesterday and the group sucked and there were a couple of wipes (yes, in 2015) and I didn’t even care; I didn’t even care one bit because it brought me back.

I love it.  I love it so much.  Best thing Blizzard has done in forever.  And according to MMO-Champion they’re planning on adding even more old instances!  I don’t care about Cataclysm dungeons but I DO care about the other TBC and Wrath dungeons.  Yes, Blizzard.  Yesssss.  Give them to me.  I want all of them.

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Timewalking is Funtastically Cozy

I love it, I really do.  It doesn’t really feel like old heroics but it does feel like old normals and you know what?  I’m fine with that.

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Also I died on the last boss of Slave Pens.  Because the tank didn’t know he was supposed to turn him around so he didn’t spew poison anywhere.

I didn’t even mind, it was just… adorable :)

TIMEWALKING!  Best thing Blizzard has added in forever.  I approve.

New patch is great so far 10/10

So I’ve been playing the new patch for a few hours and I LOVE IT.

BOATS.

HARBOR.

NPCs TELLING YOU THAT YOU’RE IMPORTANT.

COOL STORY/LORE STUFF.

Although I did misread “minions of Gul’dan” as “millions of Gul’dans” at first and got a little bit worried.

But yeah.  Lovin’ it.  LOVIN’ IT.

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Kinda busy, granted.  You know, massive multiplayer in my massively multiplayer game?  Who asked for that?  Pfffft.

BURNING CRUSADE TIMEWALKING THIS WEEKEND I AM SO READY, GET HYPE

Why Taking a Break Was Good For Me

As all three (or maybe four?) of you long-time readers left know, I quit playing WoW for several years and thus left this blog to unceremoniously sit for just as long.  Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept playing so I could keep blogging, because I do so love blogging.  But, ultimately, I’m glad I took that break.

See, recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people both on Twitter and in blogs talking about how they’re growing tired of, or bored with, the game.  And then here I am, over here in my corner, having a blast and in general being content with my life in Azeroth.

And you know, I think it’s because I walked away for so long.  I walked away and now that I’m back I’m looking at it with fresh eyes.

It’s not the same as it was back when I first started, no.  It will never be quite that magical again.  But sometimes I think it can get pretty close.  (In fairness, I might be biased, because I am very easy to please.)

Even Althalor is easy to please.  In this case he's LUDICROUSLY HAPPY because there's a squid on his head.
Even Althalor is easy to please. In this case he’s LUDICROUSLY HAPPY because there’s a squid on his head.

So yes, I’m glad I took a break.  I’ve sort of… recalibrated my own thought process on the whole thing, if you will.  It used to be that I thought quitting WoW was sort of a huge deal, but now I treat it like any other game.  I can drop it for months – or years – at a time, and then I can come back again later whenever I want.  And you know what?  That’s okay.  Especially now that I can pay for a subscription just by logging in and poking my garrison for twenty minutes a day.

Breaks.  They work for me!

[sings] A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Despite – or perhaps because of – my love for video games, I tend to lag behind a bit in the department of technological trends.  I did not get my first smartphone until about two years ago, and I was not using a widescreen monitor until exactly… yesterday.

That’s right.  You know how back in the day everyone’s monitor was a square?  That was mine.  Until about 16 hours ago.

Needless to say my crowded world…

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suddenly got a whole lot bigger…

WoWScrnShot_060415_184858It’s actually kind of difficult to enjoy right now, because for whatever reason, my new monitor is hurting my eyes.  I’ve never been one of those people who gets eye strain from staring at monitors (other than from the 3D feature on the Nintendo 3DS), so I’m at a loss as to why this one is giving me fits.  Nothing looks fuzzy or anything; everything is crisp and sharp.  So who knows.  For now I’ve pushed the monitor back (so there’s at least 24 inches between it and me) and also turned down the brightness.  We’ll see if it helps!

Live to win ’til you die

So I’ve been doing this newfangled pet battling stuff all morning.  When it all first went live in… MoP, I believe, I only played WoW for a couple of months so I didn’t get much of a chance to mess with it at all.  But seeing as now I’ve had a menagerie sitting in my garrison for six months I figured it was finally time to do something about it.  To that end, I’ve been slowly working up a team to hopefully take on a variety of challengers.

This Sunday SUNDAY, we have NUTS the Squirrel, CURATOR the… uh, robot custodian, and the oh so rare SPIRIT OF COMPETITION… in a FIGHT YOU WON’T BELIEVE VERSUS…

…a cult leader, apparently?

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And also a guy in (old) Shadowmoon Valley who I have no argument with.

Sounds accurate to me!
Sounds accurate to me!

Anyways, it’s pretty fun.  And pretty frustrating because after a while it starts to get difficult.  It’s like Pokemon with type strengths and weaknesses and everything and having three max level pets when you should really have, like… at least one of each type is, um, tough, to say the least.

BUT HEY, at least someday, eventually, I’ll be able to beat the guys in my garrison!  …maybe!